Paul of Dune
Again, another unnecessary addition to the Dune series. If Brian and Kevin had put all their effort into writing Dune 7 than piddling around with two prequel trilogies, then we MIGHT have a worthy read.
But no. They just couldn't stop at Dune 7 and move on to go back to writing their own original series. No. Dune is their cash cow, and they're going to milk it, by gum!
Here, w ...more
I very much liked Dune Chronicles #7 & #8; as for the Legends of Dune & Prelude to Dune series, I found them to be awesome. But this one...
The characters are totally different: the way Paul Atreides and the Fremens are depicted looks like the Harkonnens! No, I'm wrong. The Harkonnens were strong characters, despicable, they could make you go through the whole range of bad feelings about them. Here, Paul and Fremens are a bunch of idiots, brai ...more
What I loved most about Herbert’s original six-volume Dune series was how h ...more
I was deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest Science Fiction writers of all time.
Then to my delight, the team of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson catapulted the Sci-Fi fan base back into the world of "Dune" with some of the best written and imagined stories from the early days of the Dune legacy ...more
Final comment: Well, I finished it. God it was torture. I couldn't recommend it to anyone, even a diehard fan- ...more
Not nearly as bad as I thought this book would be based on reviews I had read before. I know this is going to sound blasphemous to some, but although Frank Herbert is a far superior writer, I wish there was a little more of his son Brian and Kevin Anderson in his books. Frank can be a little long winded and confusing at times. Conversely, I wish there was a lot more Frank in these new "McDune" books- there is nothing profound in this book.
But that's ok. It is what it is, and I enjoyed it as jus ...more
Super bad dialogue and poor writing really makes you feel like these aren't the characters we remembered from Dune. Don't we read sequels to get more of what we want? I don't want to read about this imposter Paul, who takes everything too seriously, and alienates everyone he talks to. I know it's supposed to be the sto ...more
I enjoyed the subplot of the Fenrings' daughter. That part was well done, and raised some interesting questions about human cloning and biological engineering. The rest of the book, though, fell flat for me. While superficially interesting, ...more
The good of this book is simply that the Dune story at this period is so great that any new background and insight is a joy for fans. The bad of this book is that while it attempts to fill-in between Frank's original novels it becomes just that that - boring historical backgro ...more
But for Pete's sake... why did we ever need this "bulge" or "inquel"? Enough had been written about Paul already. I didn't think there were any gaps that needed to be filled around the original Dune novel.
The novel is not badly written, and reading about these characters is always fun, but it's reached a point whe ...more
When I read Dune in the late ‘60s I was fascinated by the depiction of this future(?) society with it’s wonderful technologies mixed with it’s medieval intrigues. The Harkonnens were evil, the Corrinos were corrupt, and I rooted for the noble Atreides. The Bene Gesserits, the Spacing Guild, the Mentats, the Suk doctors, and the other groups provided a sturdy framework for the story.
Some of the echoes of our world were interesting, like The Orange Catholic Bible, and some were odd, li ...more
Paul is too complex character for Brian's writeing skills so result is not attractive.
I had to push myself to finish it.
It should never existed.
Pročitano i jedva mala dvojčica, više -2.
Knjiga je kronološki smještena između Dune i Dune Messiah te pokušava objasniti nešto Paulovog Jihada, a druga polovica knjige nas vodi u Paulovu mladost s ćaćom Letom te razmiricama s Kućom Moritani (+ prikriveni Harkonneni) s jedne te Ecazima, Verniusima i Atreidisima ...more
This was a good "Gee, I wonder what happened between...." type of book. I honestly liked it, but it wasn't the best new Dune book that I've read.
In the original Dune novels, or in the TV mini-series, for that matter, there's a considerable gap in time between books. One story ends with Paul defeating the Emperor of the Known Universe, and the next story starts with him firmly entrenched as a god/dictator with this whole religion that's grown up around him. However, we really don't know how all...more
On the cover its a 'sequel', but in reality it's played as two books: I ...more
but then it turns into a godawful mess.
"Leto was honor and honor the honor and rules. Rules were honor and respect and honor. Honor, rules, honor, honor rules."
“Good old-fashioned bloodshed,” Gurney said. “If that's what he wants, then we'll give it to him."
"Honor. Surrender by rules and honor justice rules and honor. ...more
I went straight from re-reading Dune into this book and was bitterly disappointed. The styles was so different, the characters were si different, everything was so different I had to force myself to ...more
Adds parts of story lines that are fully established and adds things to them or changes them.
I'm becoming totally disenchanted by all the new Dune books, and if it wasn't for the fact that I had already paid for the next one coming out in a few days, I doubt if I would have put out the money for it.
They are writing these just for the money because they know that people like myself will buy books written in the "Duniverse"
Brian Herb ...more
In the original series, I thought Irulan came across as being a bit incompetent, to be honest. Always scheming and plotting but never actually getting anything done. I didn't really find her likable, though I didn't dislike her either.
In Paul of Dune, she actually seems more accepting of her fate. She doesn't try to get Paul into her bed and she's embraced her role as ...more